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Pandya and Kuldeep help India to sail through day 2 of third test of India vs Sri Lanka Series

On day two of the third and final test of India vs Sri Lanka series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pandya smashed a maiden test hundred in 86 balls. In the first innings, Sri Lanka was bowled by the Indian bowlers at 135 wherein Kuldeep Yadav took 4 for 40 and Shami claimed two wickets. Pandya's aggressive knock aided India to 487 runs at the end of the day. Pandya scored 26 runs off Malinda Pushpakumara's over smashing 3 sixes and 2 fours. His 26 runs off an over were the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an over in Test Cricket.



Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for Javelin finals, World Athletics Championship

With a best effort of 84.22m, Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw at the World Athletics Championship. Kang, a 26 year old athlete from Punjab, completed his final throw of 84.22m spectacularly. This is the first time ever that an Indian has qualified in the men's javelin throw final round in the World Championship. Despite his shoulder injury, Davinder Singh Kang performed brilliantly, while Neeraj Chopra succumbed at 82.26m in his best effort and could not qualify.

Ravindra Jadeja suspended from the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele

Amidst being the Man of the Match for the second Test against Sri Lanka and having 6 demerit points in 24 month period, Ravindra Jadeja faces one match suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Jadeja has been suspended from the 3rd test of the Sri Lanka vs India Test Series to be held from August 12 in Pallekele. Jadeja faces this suspension after an incident which took place during Sri Lanka's second inning when Jadeja threw the ball back at the batsman after fielding off his own bowling, the batsman had not left his crease.  

India to Take on Australia in Women's Cricket World Cup Semifinals

In the ICC Women's World Cup, India will take on six-time champions Australia in the second semi-final in Derby tomorrow. The match will provide the Indians a chance to avenge their morale-shattering eight-wicket loss to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol. The match is scheduled at 3pm India time.

Ravi Shastri to be head coach of Indian cricket team

According to reports, the BCCI has named Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team. He will be coach for the team till ICC World Cup 2019. Rahul Dravid has been appointed as batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach for a period of two years.

India beat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy match

This may be an old, storied rivalry but in recent years these games have been anything but competitive. It was more of the same as India cruised to a 124-run victory. Pakistan’s target, adjusted to 324, was further revised to 289 in 41 overs following more showers.

After India had been asked to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 136 for the opening wicket, before Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli clubbed Pakistan around in thrilling fashion. Hardik Pandya walked in ahead of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, and clobbered three successive sixes as Imad Wasim found himself stuck with last-over duties. India scored 72 off the last four overs.The end was all too swift for Pakistan, which lost its last six wickets for 50 runs.
FIFA President Infantino Congratulates Aizawl FC on Winning First National Title

As per reports, through a letter addressed to president of All India Football Association, the FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulated the Aizawl FC on winning the I-League championship. In his letter Infantino congratulated the players, coach and staff of the club for spreading the positive message of football.

In the second match of Federation Cup 2017, Aizawl FC is scheduled to play Chennai City FC on Sunday.

Land Trouble for Setting up Manipur-based National Sports University

Sundargarh district administration of Odisha is finding it difficult to identify encroachment-free land of 150-200 acres for building Manipur-based National Sports University (NSU). Sundargarh district administration has been asked by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department for identifying land for the proposed NSU campus. Reports say Sundargarh district administration has said that it has become very difficult for earmarking a single patch of land that is more than 100 acres.

BCCI Receives Notice from Kerala High Court for Lifting Sreesanth's Lifetime Ban

As per reports, BCCI has received a petition from the Kerala High Court on Friday for lifting the ban which was imposed on S Sreesanth. The step was taken after Sreesanth had sent a petition to court requesting the same.

Sreesanth is one of the cricketers who was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.

ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai Won Bronze Medal

As per reports, Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai bagged the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for the third podium finish of India in ISSF World Cup. In the eight man final, Rai shot a total of 216.7 and finished the third on the podium.

Rai in an interview said that initially he was in doubt if he would be able to win. But as it started, he climbed the ladder one by one.

10m Air Pistol: Jitu-Heena Win Mixed Event at ISSF World Cup

As per reports, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won in the 10m mixed team air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup on Monday. However, this event was used on a trial basis with IOC's aim to maintain gender equality in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics program, and that is why medals were not awarded to the duo.

The recommendation for mixed gender event was given by ISSF Athletes Committee, led by Abhinav Bindra, which was soon approved by the world governing body.

Saina Nehwal's triumph at Malaysia Masters Final

Days after recovering from knee injury during Rio Olympics, Saina Nehwal is back with a bang as this Indian badminton ace thrashes Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand by 22-20, 22-20, thereby claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand title.

Quashing the air about her ability to win titles, the world No 10 Nehwal clinched her first Masters within five months since knee injury. Nehwal had to undergo surgery after an early exit from the Rio Olympics where her fellow citizen PV Sindhu created history by claiming the first silver medal for Indian badminton.

Silencing the critiques, Saina returned to action within a quarter of the surgery setback. Once the absolute queen of Indian badminton, she faced early exists and missed he qualification mark for Dubai World Superseries Finals. Also, she lost to Sindhu in the Premier Badminton League. However, Malaysia Masters Grand title has been her winning start to 2017.

The hyderabadi had to battle to claim the first game. With her opponent just five points away from winning the first game, Saina let out a series of cross court smashes to come back into the game. After leveling in the game for the first time at 19-19, she went on to nail it. 

ODI Series against England: BCCI Announces India U-19 Team

The team for Under 19 One-day series has been announced by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The upcoming Under 19 One-day series against England is going to be held in India in the months of January-February at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It will start from 30 January and end on 8 February.

The team for four-day matches is yet to be announced.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat lions beat 41-time winner Mumbai at Indore Stadium

In one of the most beautiful and memorable Ranji matches ever, Gujarat has beaten up its opponent and 41-times winner Mumbai at the finals held at Holkar Stadium, Indore. While the credit goes to selfless performance by Parthiv Patel, no one can rule out the contribution of coach Vijay Patel who has lost a Ranji trophy to the same opponent, at the same Stadium 14 winters ago. And now was the time when his boys were taking home that finely crafted piece of silverware.

This was perhaps the most beautiful backdrop of Gujarat’s historic triumph. Gujarat’s Skipper Parthiv Patel scored 143, scoring a century under tremendous pressure and being on the crease for most of the time. Gujarat lions chased the target of 313 at a loss of 5 wickets while beating their rivals, or the arch rivals, by five wickets on Day 5 of the final.

This is the first Ranji Trophy title claimed by Gujarat lions.41 times champions, Mumbai managed 412 in their second innings, credits to half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare. Post the tea session, Rujul Bhatt and Parthiv Patel started dealing in boundaries when they were just 13 runs short from victory.

It was when Gujarat needed 11 runs to win, Patel was knocked out and Chirag Gandhi took over. What followed was back to back boundaries by Bhatt and Gandhi that made Gujarat lift its maiden Ranji trophy. 

PV Sindhu beats Saina in Badminton League semifinal at Delhi

In a nail biting competition, PV Sindhu has overpowered Saina Nehwal as Chennai Smashers beat Awadhe Warriors at the second semifinal of Premier Badminton League in New Delhi on Friday. The semifinal held at the Siri Fort Auditorium, witnessed its most spectatcular match in form of the Sindhu-Nehwal trump match.

The Olympic silver medallist made a great start gaining a lead of two-point lead, but Nehwal, in no mood to let things go off easily, made a neck-to-neck race, before Sindhu scored four consecutive points to claim the first game.

Nehwal maintained her stance in the match given her body smashes that made her stay on Sindhu’s heels at 6-5.

In the second game, Saina tried her best to pave her way in by playing deep. But seems as if Sindhu was aware of what was coming up and held her nerve to win crucial points. At 6-5 in favour of Sindhu, the best point of the game was played. Both relentlessly tested each other in every aspect of their opponent’s game.

What seemed like a never-ending one, the 48-shot rally was finally put to an end with a cross court shot by Sindhu. The last time when both faced each other was at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix (2013) when Saina had an Olympic bronze and Sindhu was a rookie who could be easily intimidated.

Chennai finally got hold of the semi-final when Sindhu beat Nehwal by 11-7, 11-8. The finals will be held between Chennai Smashers and Mumbai Rockets. In the second semi-final Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters by 3-1. 

Cricket Club of India Felicitates MS Dhoni

The Cricket Club of India felicitated MS Dhoni at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadiumfor his contribution to Indian cricket. Dhoni stepped down as captain of the Indian limited overs, but is leading India A against England in the first, out of two matches which are to be played before the beginning of the three-match ODI series.

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai Makes it to their 46th Final

As per reports, Mumbai has made it to the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season as defending champions and bagged the title for the 41st time. Aditya Tare's team gave a tough time to Group A with 30 points and became the first team to qualify for the final eight.

Mumbai left behind Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, and will be meeting Gujarat in the summit. In a total of 83 years of Ranji Trophy, this is Mumbai's 46th final in the sport.

India v England: 'Captain' Dhoni's last roar with Yuvi & Nehra by his side

After manfully playing the role of Indian cricket team captain for close to a decade, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be leading India for one last time in the first warm-up game against England on Monday.

The other person to look out for is the comeback man Yuvraj Singh, who is expected to play a crucial role in Virat Kohli's scheme of things for the Champions Trophy.

The match will also witness comeback of left-arm speedster Ashish Nehra from a surgery. Yuvi, who has been out of action for more than month and half given his marriage, will also get some crucial practice.

The match will be equally important for Shikhar Dhawan, who had been healing from thumb fracture. But of course, the entire nation will be looking up to Captain Cool, as Dhoni is often called.

All in all, this warm up match will be an occasion to remember when Captain Cool will step in the pitch with some of the senior team boys against England team that has been better in shorter formats over the years.

Sania Mirza Wins Brisbane Doubles Title

As per reports, Sania Mirza made it at Brisbane Doubles by winning the first title of the season, which she combined with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. However, she could not get the World No.1 rank. The position was taken by Bethanie.

Kohli the New ODI and T20I Captain

After MS Dhoni relinquished the limited-over captaincy, <a href=”http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/sports/virat-kohli.html”>Virat Kohli</a> has been selected as the new ODI and T20I captain, and became the skipper in all three formats of the game. Many other cricketers were also named for the one-day and Twety20 squad.




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